2012 HAJJ AND THE MAHRAM CRISIS

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Grand Mosque, Makkah

Grand Mosque, Makkah

The crisis of Nigerian female pilgrims refused entry to Saudi Arabia has finally made it to the headlines of local newspapers in the Kingdom. Before now, only the Saudi Ambassador to Nigeria H.E. Khaled Abdurabuh presented his country’s position on the issue. A Saudi daily newspaper AL-HAYAT on Saturday 29/09/2012 quoted the spokesperson of the Saudi Ministry of Hajj, Hatim Qadi, to have said that Nigeria violated the terms of the agreements reached for the 2012 hajj operation. One of the terms, according to him, is that female pilgrims under the age of forty-five must be accompanied by a male relation, known as Mahram. The ambassador could not have been as blunt as the Hajj Ministry spokesman, because a good ambassador should, at all times, strive to maintain good relations between his country and the receiving state.

The Saudi Hajj Ministry’s account is slightly different from what…

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